First Strike Action by Police Officers since the End of the Cultural Revolution in 1976

From chinaworker:

On the same day, December 2, in Hunan province, more than 100 police in Leiyang City seized control of the city government building for three hours to demand increased wages, while in Longhui County, over 1,000 teachers took collective strike over unpaid allowances.

According to reports on the internet, at 11am on Tuesday, over 100 police and “contracted police deputies” in Leiyang City, staged protests at the government building. Some of the protesting policemen drove patrol cars onto the square. Most of the protesters were police assistants on temporary “contracts”, but their number also included dozens of “formal” police officers. They seized the government building and a violent conflict took place with security guards.

The protesters demanded an increase in basic income for police and police assistants. Currently a “contracted” police assistant in Leiyang only earns 650 yuan per month, and the salary of “formal” police officers is also only two-thirds the level of police in Changsha, the provincial capital. It is believed that this is the first case of large-scale protest by policemen since the end of the Cultural Revolution in 1976.

Read also Xinhua’s take on the protest, and a report from AFP.

December 6, 2008 4:06 PM
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